What Al Carraway told me about God….

Well okay I didn’t actually have a conversation with Al Carraway, but reading her book feels like she is talking directly to me about about God.  Do you ever feel that way when you are reading a book? Yesterday, I was going through a box of my stuff in my closet and came across her book titled “More than the Tatooed Mormon,” that my husband gave me for Christmas last year, and the thought came to me to read it. When a thought used to come into my head, I would have been too lazy, or talk myself out of following through with it. This time was different, I actually did what my head was telling me and boy am I so grateful.  If you don’t know who Al Carraway is, you better get familiar with her because she is AMAZING! She has a way of making the gospel seem so simple to […]

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True Meaning of Christmas Day 6: Shepherds

Did you notice that I didn’t post yesterday? Well, I got my counting all off and realized my days were wrong.  I really wanted to talk about the Shepherds on Christmas Eve, because on the Eve of Christ’s birth an angel appeared to the shepherds. That is why I decided to not post yesterday.  I hope you can forgive me. Since I know you guys have been on the edge of your seats since yesterday, let us begin! A group of shepherds we just minding their business watching over their flocks of sheep.  When an angel of the Lord appeared to them.  He said to them the most popular saying which was, “Fear not, for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord. And […]

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True Meaning of Christmas Day 5: Joseph and Mary Travel to Bethlehem

There isn’t a lot in the scriptures about Joseph and Mary’s travel to Bethlehem. What it does say is that there went out a decree (or notice) from Caesar Augustus that his empire will be taxed every one in their own cities.  I found it interesting that it doesn’t just mean being taxed with money.  It also means that they will be enrolled or registered as part of the being taxed. Meaning they take a record of who lives in what city like a Census.  I found this beautiful video that gives us a little insight into their travel.  I feel this is a good representation of their travel without dramatizing it too much. Let’s take a look! Insights of video: Joseph gave great attention to Mary as they were traveling. He made sure that she had water to drink. Also, I don’t know if you noticed but he made […]

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True Meaning of Christmas Day 4: Joseph

We are getting closer to Christmas! I hope these blog posts have helped you feel the true meaning of Christmas.  Today I wanted to talk about what I learned about Joseph.  He, along with Zacharias and Elisabeth, are often overlooked. Joseph was a caring man Can you imagine the shock that you would feel when your fiance comes to tell you that she is pregnant?! The baby that is growing in your wife’s womb is the Son of God, and not yours?! I can’t even imagine what he was feeling. Being worried that she would be mocked and made fun of, they hid for awhile. One night while he was thinking about these things laying in bed, an angel appeared to him in his dream. He said not to fear of taking Mary as his wife.  Joseph was also comforted by being told that everything would be okay because the […]

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True Meaning of Christmas Day 3: Zacharias & Elisabeth

Hello and welcome to Day 3! I am so grateful that you have been joining me.  It has been so fun for me to learn and have a place for me to share what I have learned.  I hope that you have learned a little bit with me.  Today I wanted to share some things I learned about Elisabeth (Mary’s Cousin), her husband Zacharias, and their son John (the Baptist as he is known in later years). Zacharias Zacharias was a priest, and had a wife named Elisabeth. It says in the scriptures that they were both “righteous before God, walking in all the commandments and ordinances of the Lord.” Luke 1: 6. They, like many people today, had no children because Elisabeth was considered barren, and they were also old in age. Zacharias had an amazing experience. An angel appears to him and  tells him that the Lord has […]

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True Meaning of Christmas Day 2: The Virgin, Mary

Welcome to Day 2! Mary played one of the most important roles in the true meaning of Christmas, that was being the mother of Jesus Christ.  I learned so much about Mary, in the little information that is known about her. What a brave woman she had to be.  Here are 5 things I learned about her. (Disclaimer: I am not a scholar at all, I may be off base on some of my thoughts, but that’s the thing, these are my thoughts and feelings to the situation.) Facts about Mary #1: She was engaged to Joseph, who she barely knew.  Before they were to be married she had a visit from an Angel named Gabriel. The Angel Gabriel said that she was highly favored of the Lord and that the Lord is with her.  As well as that she was blessed among women. Can you imagine being told that […]

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True Meaning of Christmas Day 1: Prophecies of Jesus Christ’s birth?

Did you know that there were prophecies (divine message from God) of Jesus Christ’s birth before he was born?  It’s true!!  Heavenly Father wanted people to know of this event before hand so they could start declaring it to others. Many prophets in the Bible and Book of Mormon foretold Jesus Christ’s birth and ministry hundreds of years before the actual event. We will look at a few of those. Prophecy 1: The first prophecy happened 700 years before His birth. Isaiah, a prophet in the Old Testament, prophesied that a pure woman would give birth to Heavenly Father’s Son. In Isaiah 7:14, it reads; ““Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.” Also, in Isaiah 9:6; “For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called […]

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True Meaning of Christmas in 7 days!

Hello! I am sorry it has been a week or so since my previous post but I have been studying for something new! At the first of December I started studying the birth of Jesus Christ.  I was enjoying it and learning so much, that a thought came to me! I wonder if others would like to follow.  So drum roll please……! I bring to you the True Meaning of Christmas in 7 days! Aren’t you as excited as me?! Probably not (winking emoji.) Side note, can you believe that there is only 1 week before Christmas? It’s crazy how fast it has approached!! Okay back to my awesome idea! So for the next 7 days leading up to Christmas I am going to share what I have learned with you.  I have broken it up into certain events. Starting tomorrow for Day 1, I wanted to study of some […]

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I am not the Mormon I thought I was….

My realization. I grew up in Utah, as a Mormon, and lived there all of my life, except for my recent move to Florida. That was the hardest decision of my life. To leave Utah and the life that I knew there. To take my daughter away from Grandma, Grandpa, Uncles, Aunts, and Cousins.  But I felt strongly that we needed to be here in Florida.  The real reason we moved to Florida was for my Mother-in-Law’s health. Now I know, I needed to be here to learn and grow. Now let’s get back to the realization. Growing up in Utah, everyone around us was LDS, either active member, or inactive members that had fallen away.  EVERYONE knew about the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.  I knew the basic principles of the church and believed that it was true, but I didn’t truly know the church was true.  […]

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